15 June 2016

Smith looking forward to new season

  • Men's

Further to the signing of defender Joe Howe we caught up with First Team Manager Neil Smith to get the latest update on his preparations for the new season.

With the fixture list due out on the 6th July and the visit of Charlton, Millwall and Crystal Palace just around the corner it is clear that the manager is excited to get going, “It’s great to have three fantastic home friendlies against very good, well supported opposition. We’re looking forward to welcoming all our supporters, who were fantastic last season, back to Hayes Lane.”

Neil Smith continued on the signing of Joe Howe, “He comes with experience, he is 28, so he is at a good age, he has played Conference National level with Ebbsfleet and has been at that club trying to get back to that level. He knows what it’s like to play under pressure. He likes to get forward, he has great delivery and is both left and right footed, so he brings us cover on that side as well.”

The first team manager has also had good news regarding midfielder Max Porter. “It was a frustrating season for Max, people forget that he was unlucky with his appendicitis early on in the season before picking up an injury upon his return. A few weeks ago Max underwent a very successful operation which discovered a hidden trapped nerve as result of his appendix removal. He’s been coming in during the off season for regular training sessions with the physio and his attitude has been great. To welcome back a fit Max Porter along with Louis Dennis for pre season will be a massive boost to the team.”

With no news on Moses Emmanuel yet, Neil continues to look for a couple of additional signings. “There could still be one or two leaving us but we are talking with a few attacking players both wingers and forwards ahead of pre season and I hope we’ll be in a position to announce further signings very soon.”

“Our management team is shaping up nicely and I’m also looking forward to announcing a new addition to my coaching team shortly.”

On the Academy front, Neil is keen to keep players in and around the squad. “Thomas O’Connor will be one of two or three who will link up with the squad again as they continue to gain experience with the Club.”

The current squad ahead of the new season;

  • Adam Cunnington
  • Alan Julian
  • Alex Wall
  • Ali Fuseini
  • Ben Chorley
  • Ben May
  • Bradley Goldberg
  • Jack Holland
  • Joe Anderson
  • Joe Howe
  • Lee Minshull
  • Louis Dennis
  • Max Porter
  • Reece Prestedge
  • Rob Swaine
  • Thomas O’Connor
  • Ugo Udoji

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